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incubate

[ in-kyuh-beyt, ing- ]
/ 藞瑟n ky蓹藢be瑟t, 藞瑟艐- /
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verb (used with object), in路cu路bat路ed, in路cu路bat路ing.
to sit upon (eggs) for the purpose of hatching.
to hatch (eggs), as by sitting upon them or by artificial heat.
to maintain at a favorable temperature and in other conditions promoting development, as cultures of bacteria or prematurely born infants.
to develop or produce as if by hatching; give form to: His brain was incubating schemes for raising money.
verb (used without object), in路cu路bat路ed, in路cu路bat路ing.
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Origin of incubate

First recorded in 1635鈥45; from Latin incub膩tus, past participle of incub膩re 鈥渢o lie or recline on, to sit on (eggs),鈥 equivalent to in- 鈥渋n鈥 + cub(膩re) 鈥渢o sit, lie down鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see in-2, -ate1. Cf. incumbent, concubine

OTHER WORDS FROM incubate

in路cu路ba路tive, adjectiveun路in路cu路bat路ed, adjective
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How to use incubate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for incubate

incubate
/ (藞瑟nkj蕣藢be瑟t) /

verb
(of birds) to supply (eggs) with heat for their development, esp by sitting on them
to cause (eggs, embryos, bacteria, etc) to develop, esp in an incubator or culture medium
(intr) (of eggs, embryos, bacteria, etc) to develop in favourable conditions, esp in an incubator
(intr) (of disease germs) to remain inactive in an animal or human before causing disease
to develop or cause to develop gradually; foment or be fomented

Derived forms of incubate

incubation, nounincubational, adjectiveincubative or incubatory, adjective

Word Origin for incubate

C18: from Latin incub膩re to lie upon, hatch, from in- 虏 + cub膩re to lie down
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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